I have a Zon Sonus with Bartolinis in it, I think they are custom wound for Zon. I love the sound.
I have a Mexi Jazz with stock pups. I do not love the sound.
Obviously, the Barts are active and I don't have a lot space in the Jazz. Any thoughts for a pup swap?
Those Barts are not active.
I've never seen a Zon with standard Jazz pickups (with the four mounting ears). I've only seen soapbar shapes.
Okay, a third thing:
A Fender will NEVER sound like a Zon, ever. No matter what!
You could put new pickups in the jazz. Maybe Jazz Barts or Dimarzio Model J's.
ZON SOAP BARS.
My Zon Sonus 6-Lined Fretless has Bartolini soapbars and Bart 9 - volt on board pre-amp.
Soapbars would require more modification..and you still would not have THAT sound. You need the Bart or other PRE AMP, as the soapars are passive.
I have a Rickenbacker which has Bart jazz pups..easy pup swap.
It would cost less and be asier to buy an outboard pre-amp or outboard parametric EQ.
I have an 'old-school Furman PQE-3 for my passives.
The Furman is no longer made and sometimes found on auction sites and is usually under $300..plug bass into Furman..Furman into amp..and you have tons of tone control at your finger tips.
Many newer pre amps are available and may cost around same..with new warranty, etc.
Effects boxes are pre amps of a sort also.
Using a preamp eliminates having to modify your bass ..NO BATTERIES OR BATTERY COMPARTMENT TO FURTHER MODIFY YIUUYR BASS.and takes no time to set up and use.
Jeff Berlin has Bart pickups in his passive bass.
I am looking at the bass right now and the pups are Jazz sized Barts, not soapbars.
Yes, but I'd like to get it closer (without routing).
Barts sound good in a zon because they mellow out the bright aggressiveness of the graphite. Your jazz likely needs pickups that add life, kind of the opposite. Lots of options depending on what you want.
Please post a picture of the bass you're looking at. You won't find a Zon that does use soapbars.
Do the pickups look like these? Those are soapbar single coils.
Id call them earless Js.
You can call them what you want, but they are soapbars :)
I love talkbass for the specificity of it all!
From the Zon Website regarding the pickup on the Sonus 4:
Make: Exclusively designed for Zon by Bartolini.
Type: Neck: narrow aperture, passive, linear single coil design. JB style shell.
Bridge: narrow aperture, passive, linear single coil design. JB style shell.
What Zon calls soapbars are bigger... like on the Sonus 4/1:
Make: Exclusively designed for Zon by Duncan custom shop.
Type: Wide aperture, passive, dual coil design. Soapbar style shell.
Now that we have have all that out of the way...
And Zon calls them single coils in a JB (Jazz Bass) style shell.
I think we can move past it.
I am going to send a note to Bartolini and ask them if they have advice.
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